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of the u.s. capitol the sunday. the nation's governors continue their winter meeting on sunday. congress returns tomorrow with the senate. chuck hagel is expected to be the next defense secretary. a boat could happen early as tuesday. and those automatic budget cuts -- budget cuts begin to kick in. on the sunday, often during, 24, we will begin with the topic of health care. specifically, medicaid. is it a good idea? we want to get your thoughts on all of this. 202 is the area code. 585-3881 for the republicans. 202-585-3880 is our democratic line. you can also join us at facebook or send us an e-mail. a couple of issues dealing with health care and the elderly. a cover story, "increased -- a crisis in plain sight." and this cover story from time magazine called, "why medical billsa re killing us." and from "the new york times," -- there is the story of one of a number of republican governors -- he said ohio would reverse this decision if the government failed to cover all the cost of the expansion. here are some details for ohio -- last year the supreme court ruling that they have the a
of the subcommittee. i am looking forward to working with the ranking members as we both share a commitment to u.s. border security and ensuring our board agents -- ensuring our border agents receive the support they need to protect homeland. also look forward to a strong bipartisan cooperation in helping to make the department of home as security as efficient and effective as possible. i would also like to introduce our new freshmen majority members. we have mr. richard hudson of north carolina. later joining us will be stephen from montana. they bring a welcome experience to their new roles in congress and the subcommittee. i look for to leveraging their experience and knowledge to provide effective oversight of hds. -- of dhs. i think the subcommittee staffer diligently working together to put this hearing together. thank you for that. i now recognize myself for an opening statement. next month marks 10 years since the creation of the dhs with the homeless security act of 2001. the attacks on september 11 forced to rethink our approach to defining the homeland. as the commission report document
the memories of their fallen brothers, and to help us to remember why this country remains strong and free. how so few americans prevailed against so many, as to prepare for the citation, i will leave you with the words of clinton himself. because they say something about the army and something about america. they say something about our spirit, which will never be broken. "we were not going to be beaten that day. we will not back down in the face of diversity like that -- adversity like that. we're just going to win, plain and simple." god bless you, clinton romesha, and all of your team. god bless all who serve, and god bless the united states of america. with that, i would like the citation to be ready. >> the president of the united states of america, authorized by act of congress, march 3, 1963, has awarded in the name of congress the medal of honor to staff sergeant clinton romesha, u.s. army, force -- for conspicuous gallantry and intricately above and beyond the call of duty. clinton romesha this in which and self at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving i
must end this uncertainty about this position. mr. president, it is time for us to end this debate. and that is what we will be voting on now. later on, there will be a vote on whether to confirm senator hagel. the vote now is whether to bring this debate to an end. i hope we will so we can get on to the nomination vote. i yield the floor. i think it's noon and time for a vote. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. the senator from oklahoma has 30 seconds remaining. the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: let me say that we -- everything has been said, not everyone has said it. however, i would like to make sure that everyone understands that the actual statements that were made by the former senator hagel in terms of the relationship of our country with israel and iran prior to the time that he was nominated, because many of those statements were changed at that time. i encourage the no vote on cloture. the presiding officer: the time is expired. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersig
out of it and we don't solve any problem and gave politics are just as bad for us in the next 10 years. >> quite frankly don't trust congress so if congress can't make the contracts, the first thing that will come down is who will be high-skilled or -- if the was enforcement only and they said oh yeah by the way we are definitely going to do a low-skilled thing of future and do high-skilled i wouldn't support the enforcement only because i don't trust them. i think they will stop after stop after that about this over the last couple of years when they did these peaceful approach is a lot of them failed. the immigration act that moved the countries of origin toward a green card, greenlaw stopped in the house. had stopped after it passed in the house. unfortunately there is a political strategy going on now. i personally think it only matters if it's if it's a road to an and i think that's always going the way it's going now. >> without, thank you all for coming. there will be orders for drinks in the lobbies if you want to come back. [applause] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conve
moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: the federal government moved another day closer today to $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. and as political charges and counter-charges flew, federal reserve chief ben bernanke raised new fears about the potential economic fallout. the fed chairman told a senate committee that forcing across-the-board spending cuts could slice half a percentage point off economic growth. >> i think an appropriate balance would be to introduce these cuts more gradually and to compensate with larger and more sustained cuts in the longer run to address our long-run fiscal issues. >> ifill: bernanke said the sequester was supposed to be a doomsday weapon
>>> and that concludes this edition of "newsli." tokyo.erine kobayashi in thanks for joining us. captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> ifill: federal reserve chairman ben bernanke warned lawmakers today that the automatic spending cuts set to take effect friday will hurt the economic recovery. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, we examine the battle over those cuts, and how the paralysis in washington could affect hiring, investment, and more. >> ifill: then, we get the latest on the senate vote to confirm former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> woodruff: ray suarez talks with marcia coyle about today's supreme court arguments over getting a d.n.a. sample from a suspect who was arrested but not convicted of a crime. >> ifill: special correspondent kira kay previews next week's presidential contest in kenya, where memories linger from the violence that followed the 2007 elections. >> we talk about people dead. i think if you count it over time and those who don't know it's probably aro
was some low threshold employer match and allowing an employer to raise that match if they want to us in employment incentives so it might provide one and a half%. so you could answer it as an employment incentives. have you thought about if we move ahead in this area, what should the contribution rate be. >> that's an excellent question i encourage the committee to think not in terms of a single default contribution rate, but a differentiated alternative. and senator alexander was talking about the small restaurant chain, my guess is employees are younger and for a ban in our contribution rate might make sense. whereas a look at someone who's a bit older and this is their full-time job, the default contribution rate might be substantially higher. we know from investor psychology that individuals think in terms of raw numbers, multiple sub type, 5% of pay, 10% of pay. desired benchmarks that individuals can get their hands around and might be worth taking about something mahler. 5% for younger workers to something higher, maybe 10% for lower workers. >> were trying to make this as sim
us to this point. today after two months i think we're going to do something very positive and do it in a very bipartisan way. i think that's excellent. i think america will be advantaged. every american, women, yes, but every woman will be advantaged. house democrats support the fully inclusive re-authorization of the violence against women act which passed the senate by a bipartisan vote of 78-22, as has been referenced. the majority of republican senators and all republican women senators voted in favor. that bill represents a compromise. i urge my colleagues to defeat the partisan amendment version so we can pass the senate bill. i voted for the rule, which allows us that opportunity. let us take it. the change -- changes house republicans made in their version significantly weaken its provisions. i want to say some republicans. i want to make that clear. not all. and protecting victims of domestic violence and empowering law enforcement to keep our people safe from these crimes. the house republican bill owe mitts critical protections for native americans, for lgbt americans
to stop campaigning and come back to the table and work with us. we care about what happens to this economy and the people who sent us here. we have proffered alternatives and solutions. we don't adhere or agree with this false choice the president's putting forward. and as cathy said, president's off campaigning in my state in newport news, virginia. yes, we're very, very concerned about the impact on the commonwealth as we are on all states. there's a way to effect the right changes and reforms so we can avoid that. and we must set aside the false choice the president is proffering. >> as the other leaders have said, the president's only -- >> all right, so that's kevin mccarthy right now. that was eric cantor before that, the speaker. doesn't look like they're putting forward a new initiative to try to break the stalemate. he's referring to legislation that members of the house, the majority, passed last -- in the last session of congress. but that legislation is not -- does not spill over into this new session of congress, if congress is going to want to take up new legi
their creator had given all of us. to make decisions for good or bad and normally to have to live with the consequences -- consequences of those decisions. the global jihadist threat that secretary clinton pointed out does not have the belief that a democracy is a good idea. that a people electing representatives in a republican form of government is a good idea. they believed that we need some religious leader like the ayatollah khomeini or now in iran. they need a religious leader like that that tells us what we can do, that makes all his decisions under shari'a law. . all of those who met during the revolution, they believed in the power of prayer to god, and that's why they prayed during that time, but they wanted much to have the chance to worship as they chose. be they muslim, hindu. but especially judeo-christian beliefs where jews and christians had traditionally suffered so much persecution. they wanted the chance for people to worship as they please or not worship, but they knew to make that possible had he had to -- they had to pray to god. that's why we are observing o
and innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the u.s. government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. you will have it for you later in our program schedule. at the white house, jay carney held his daily briefing, addressing a number of issues including a bombing at the u.s. embassy in turkey today. >> does the president considered the attack on our embassy in turkey to be a terrorist attack? >> that is an excellent question a suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror, a terrorist attack. i think this is an incident that has just occurred and i don't want to get ahead of it, is being investigated. we strongly condemn what was a suicide attack against our embassy in ankara, which took place at the embassy's our security perimeter. details are still emerging about what exactly happened, who was responsible. it is clearly an act of terror. it caused -- cost hte life about least one individual, a turkish security guard. we are working with the turkish authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. our thoughts and prayers
to a man whose wife is stuck on that ship. >>> north korea thumbing its nose at the u.s. and the international community by carrying out a new, more powerful nuclear test. is the first one under kim jong-un, press obama calls it a threat to u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area not known for earthquakes. >>> in his state of the union speech tonight, president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan by this time next year. jake tapper, the first to break the news after talking to sources who know about the president's speech. the move's going to cut the number of troops in afghanistan by more than half. troop reductions will continue through the end of next year. >>> so more than 4,000 people if you can imagine this, stuck on this cruise ship, disabled cruise ship. they are hot. they are hungry. they are holding their noses because toilets are overflowing. folks feeling desperate now. the ship is finally on the move. you have tugboats towing it to mobile
. so, doesn't make sense are if us to stop and not be able to drive anymore. >> soon as they get it open. better off it will be. cost money to sit still and cost to run the thing empty as far as fuel surge. so. hopefully they get it cleared up. martha: looks like they're working on it. they're doing pretty good job. new mexico police say westbound traffic is open on i-40. eastbound lanes remain closed. truckers will have to sit to wait it out in that direction or try to get off on side roads. also we have this for you from egypt. an awful situation where a hot-air ballon filled with tourists exploded in the sky and then fell a thousand feet to the ground. imagine how frighten this was. these are some of the tourist photos from the launch site where the victims had taken off just moments earlier. and then at least 19 tourists from europe and asia were killed in this tragic accident, after the balloon caught fire. it triggered an explosion in a gas canister. leland vittert, live in jerusalem. what exactly happened? where is this accident? >> reporter: terrifying for the folks who w
. thank you for being with us on the "washington journal." the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 14, 2013. i hereby appoint the honorable chris collins to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2013, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. mullen, for five minutes. -- mr. mullin, for five minutes. mr. mullin: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and to revise and extend. the speaker pro te
. they plan to invest their wings winnings. >> what a day for dow. a bounce back from a big surge in u.s. home prices. they're increasing sides that europe's economy is getting better. got some good earnings reports from some of the big companies. no matter what they want you do believe -- for today, at least -- the economy is looking up. i'm shepard smith. see you back here tonight on fox report. you'll be all right. [screaming] >> well, like the sequel to a 1950s horror film, only is this fly going to stick? welcome. i'm stewart in for neil cavuto. remember this, that fiscal cliff deal, huge amount in tax hikes. not much in the way of spending cuts. are we about to see the sequel? the president is calling on congress to pass another quick fix to avert those automatic spending cuts he originally signed off on, kicking in march 1 income, and this includes new tax revenues. the former south carolina senator jim demint says we have seen how the movie ins and it's not go. okay, jim, spell it out. more tacks and not so many spending cuts. what's the result? >> you have to scratch your head. the fe
wait in line. ♪ >> oh, good sunday morning, thank you so much for waking up with us bright and early. that's the great tucker carlson and that's the great anna kooiman and i'm he the mediocre clayton morris. >> no way. >> clayton: and e-mails now, leann rimes says that her career is plummeting because of a dentist. or something else. >> her career is hitting a sour note and does that have to do with her love life? and some say that you look like a little bit like leann rimes. >> my eyes, i take it as a compliment. >> clayton: let us know your thoughts, and this first, when it comes to immigration reforms, congress apparently isn't moving fast enough for president obama and the white house has draft add whole version of immigration, and immigration bill that leaked out and not sitting well with some republicans. and doug, what's going oven with that bill. >> reporter: this appears to be the white house laying down a marker for the congress. the president's plan, an extrance seie expansive form of amnesty. one called it half-baked. lawful immigrant status to just about anyone, even th
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
-mail us as well, journal@c-span.org. president obama was in minneapolis yesterday talking about gun control. here is what he had to say on background checks. [video clip] >> the vast majority of americans, including gun owners, support background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun. [applause] so, right now democrats and republicans in the senate are working on a bill that would ban anyone from selling a gun legally for him -- selling a gun to anyone legally prohibited from owning one. that is common sense. there is no reason we cannot get that done. that is not a liberal or conservative idea, it is a smart idea. we want to keep the guns out of the hands of folks who should not have them. senators from both parties have come together to propose a bill that would crack down on people who buy guns only to turn around and sell them to criminals. a bill that would keep more guns off the street and out of the hands of people with the intent of doing harm. [applause] by the way, in addition to reducing violence on the streets, it would make life easier and safer for the people standing
happening now. jenna: hi, everybody, great for you to join us today, we are always so happy to see you, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. california police are working to confirm that. charred human remains found in a mountain cabin of those of accused excop christopher dorner. wanted in the murders of four people, including two california law enforcement officers in a revenge-fueled rampage. the long search reached a dramatic climb action on live television yesterday when a plan believed to be dorner took two possible tajes and stole a car. one of the possible hostages got free and dialed 911. police tracked down the suspect, engaged him in a wild shootout and dorner ultimately barricade himself inside the cabin which eventually went up in flames. los angeles police holding a news conference right now with new details on this standoff. let's listen. >> what transpired in san bernardino is being investigated by the san bernardino county sheriff's department, and so i have no comments on their investigation at this time. i can tell you that the lapd has now moved back into a normal state
from los angeles. start with the couple of the. they have an incredible story. what are they telling us? >> reporter: jenna, this is another one of those jaw-dropping, i can't believe it revelations in this story. remember we thought this thing began unravel on tuesday for dorner when he was surprised by a cleaning lady and her daughter inside this vacant apartment in big bear? well we found out last night it was actually the owners, a long-time married couple, jim and karen reynolds who on tuesday showed up to get the unit ready for renters this weekend. dorner w inside. karen tried running but he caught her. bound and gag the couple upstairs and stole their car. >> he came in like with a cord and tied it. >> extension cords. >> tied it around -- >> put a pillowcase over her head and tied the cord through the the mouth and tied it back real tight. >> i thought it was really the end. >> reporter: now you know they struggled for 15 minutes and finally got loose and called 911. the couple admitted they might have left the door unlocked which allowed dorner to get inside after he crashed h
of a job at minimum wage. that's the kind of story your parents used to tell. lucky i met him. >> the teen's boss even picks him up for the first day of work. next the bad. a chinese government official caught on camera trashing an airport boarding gate ripping up computers and trying to smash a sign through doors. police say he was mad because he missed his flight. the ugly. a car crashing through the roof of a house in texas. police say the driver was going over 90 miles an hour, lost control and went airborne crash landing through the roof. the driver and everyone in the house walked away unharmed. >> time for your brew on this question of the day responses. earlier in the show we told you about how children in massachusetts are being sent home with so-called fat letters telling parents their children's body mass index with instructions on how to deal with weight issues. >> we want to know if you think these letters are fine are over the line. jack says over the line. tony says they are truth letters instead of getting mad they should take action. treat it as an opportunity to break the
and giving us great comments. i want to yield to our policy chairman and our republican conference, somebody that comes from the great state of oklahoma, somebody that has great experience in managing people. i think he ran a youth camp, the largest youth camp in the united states, if not the world, and i'm afraid to tell you how many people i let mr. lankford do that. but i'd like to recognize the gentleman from oklahoma, our policy chair, mr. lankford. mr. lankford: thank you, mr. westmoreland. it's an honor to be able to stand in front of this house today. we talk about families all across america right now struggling with their own finances. they're sitting at a dinner table this evening because they have run out of paychecks and they're struggling through just the basics of how they're going to do life. because they're in debt and they're struggling day-to-day. they will make decisions to be able to put their house in order and to be able to resolve where they're headed as a family because they don't want to be a family that's going to live heavily in debt. because once you're in debt a
, including u.s. government officials, who in 2007 possibly state -- problems in the subprime market appear to be contained. basically we're not guilty. we did the same thing and you're picking on us. >> exactly. that's why people are saying there has to be something more to this. >> is it possible that this suit from the justice department tries to lay all of the blame for the crash of '08 on wall street? demonizing wall street? it's the bankers fault, the brokers, the insurance companies, the ratings companies, anything but politicians. >> just like the tax bubble. so easy to point at these analysts and said was their fault. the deserve 3 or 5% of the blame yes, they were wrongs they should have western people, yes they had a conflict of interest. but there are so many characters to blame. there's everyone who about a house they couldn't afford and told they didn't have to put anything down. the house would go up in value. buyer beware. everybody was at fault here. so to hang the whole thing onsell app s&p is ludicrous. >> the justice don't wants $5 billion. let's suppose there's a settle
't want to use the word filibuster, but calling for a supermajority of 60 votes pretty much boils down to the same thing. harry reed is moving ahead with a scheduled yes or no vote anyway, that's scheduled for next hour. if he can get his democratic ducks in a row, he only needs five democrats to vote with him. republican rand paul is putting a stop on his -- while democrat dianne fienstein is delaying calling the vote another two weeks, she's opting to hole the nomination hostage until the white house forks over more documents on the administration's controversial drone program. but is delaying an inevitable vote really the best way to get what you want and what precedent does this set for the future? byron jorgen is all too familiar with the washington environment. let's start with the chuck hagel filibuster situation. senator mitch mcconnell said, i think the president is entitled to an up or down. that is simple majority vote on nominations, both to his cabinet and to the executive branch and also to the judiciary, clearly the republicans have somewhat changed their tune on the tha
. instead of using our military men and women as campaign props, the president was serious, he'd sit down with harry reid and begin to address our problems. >> this is not the time to be campaigning. this is the time to solve something. he's going on the road tomorrow 150 miles away to again hype this up, try to scare the american public when he could go one mile down and talk to harry reid. >>brian: i would say two things happened happening. one, the republican house yesterday voted to fund the neil armstrong flight research center. they should be focusing on this. they should be saying these are the programs i put forward last year, what i'm urging the president to push. on the other side, i think it is a great move which governor scott walker brought up yesterday. republicans are saying i like to give the president the power to levy the cuts as he sees fit. so the $85 billion does not have to cut to the bone. you could do it in a way that would provide less pain. >>steve: it's not going to cut to the bone. the president described it as a meat cleaver because it is an across-the-board c
declared to this chamber that the constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. >> reporter: in the first state of the union address of his second term -- >> the state of our union is strong. >> reporter: -- president obama made a direct challenge to congress. >> let's get this done. >> reporter: as he laid out his vision for the country, the president repeatedly called on democrats and republicans to act. >> the american people don't expect government to solve every problem. but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. >> reporter: it all came on the same day speaker john boehner called the president out for not having the courage or guts to make tough choices on the budget. the president used the power of the podium to push back. >> some in congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts. by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training. medicare and social security benefits. that idea is even worse. >> reporter: as is typical of most state of the union addresses, the president covered lots of ground. >> our fir
this morning and we'll bring you over to where blackberry is, 5.1% right now. the first time when using they usnew ticker symbol. new price target of $20 up from $12 so feeling very confident in the new devices, that is something they're talking about and a likely success. some positive comments from bernstein. stuart: like to see you walking around the floor. nicole: i can walk and talk, it is a miracle. stuart: as of now we are off 80, pushing us. let's go back to the economy. president obama and harry reid wants to tax the rich more. more revenue, they say. that means higher taxes. saying his policies will cause the economy to grow. this year. joining us from nashville. art laffer. what you say, if we raise taxes more this year, are we going to grow the economy stronger? >> we can do something, if we broaden the tax base dramatically and lower rates, we can really get the economy growing, but i don't think that is what he is talking about. he is just talking about rubbing the base. stuart: you take money away from a certain group of people and spread it around to the others. >> i don
in the studio of, what, is halperin walking in here? with us -- this is amazing. look at this, the "game change" boys. >> they're back and better than ever. >> we also have the sexy statistician -- >> according to twitter. >> yes. former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. national affairs editor for "new york" magazine and political analyst, john heilemann and senior political analyst, mark halperin. >> what a game. mika, you had to, like -- you had to stay on every play eating your fried hot dogs. >> no. >> she was there. she was there, beginning to end. >> no. >> is it true when you watch a game, you score it at home? >> no. i was at a cafe in lower manhattan, actually. i did see beyonce. >> yeah. >> yeah? and? >> she was hot. that was good. >> really? >> yeah, i thought so. >> wow. >> what did you guys think? apparently she did not lip-sync. >> no, i would prefer jennifer hudson and the sandy hook choir. >> that was amazing. i did see that. >> so moving. that was fantastic. and the game was pretty good, too. >> we've had some good super bowls of late. >> int
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that. it's happening in your state and probably feel in your fingertips more than most of us do in washington. i think they're so frustrated by what they don't see happening here in washington and i think they're frustration is turning into a little bit of anger. >> good morning. tuesday, february 6th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have msnbc contributor, mike barnicle. looks kind of awake this morning. >> i am. >> i don't know what's going on there. >> been up all night. >> former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. and washington bbc world news anchor, katty kay. good morning. >> good morning. >> good. should we get right to news? >> sure. if you want to. >> are you joking? >> you guys want to talk about something? >> a good story. >> it is good. >> johnny damon wants to play baseball with the yankees. >> they need somebody. >> i should have gone with it. >> when conservatives gather at cpac, they'll do so without one of the most popular republican leaders in the country. have you heard this? i did. >> conservative chris christie
with this morning because it really is a mess. this is marina's home. she's let us come over here to show you what's going on inside her garage. if we walk you in there, you can see the mess on the floor. but even worse than that, the mess once you get inside. there was actually a refrigerator standing up. it's toppled over. what you can't see, the back room is a mess. just recarpeted and redid this area. she said this is so devastating to look at. we talked to her neighbor and her neighbor gave us a look inside her home. was he down here when the water started -- >> yes. >> reporter: how do you get this cleaned up? are they gonna come help you? >> yeah. my son upstairs start crying, though. >> reporter: this is his stuff. >> yeah, yeah. it's bad. we have to keep going. >> reporter: you are taking a look at some incredible shot earlier this morning when the water was still flowing. unbelievable. but you get an idea of really what residents woke up to when the water came down. it was flowing for about an hour, hour and a half, according to the people we've talked to out here. what it was doing was
and today was ending jealousy and using love instead. that was great. thank you, everybody. that was fun. see you tomorrow. >> bob: happy valentine's day. >> bret: this was supposed to be leon panetta's last day as the pentagon chief, but after a rocky confirmation hearing, senators' demands for other answers the replacement has been temporarily blocked. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. bags are packed. ready to head out of town but leon panetta isn't riding nauf the sunset of california retirement yet. senate republicans are blocking a vote on panetta's embattled replacement over among other things questions about the libya terror attack last september. mike emanuel on what is holding up chuck hagel. >> they successfully delayed chuck hagel's controversial nomination as secretary of defense. late today, procedural vote failed after senator john mccain had made the case for waiting until after next week's recess. >> i think that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions and i think that senator hagel after
panetta said it would be irresponsible for the congress to allow it to happen. many of us agree, it must be avoided. but apart from that challenge in the next month, or series of months, the long-term outlook for the department of defense is that it must do more with less, and secretary hagel, if he is confirmed, will have that management task, and he is one of the people in this country who is almost uniquely qualified to carry it out. and i believe that he will with great distinction. he will take care of our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national defense, he will do what he thinks is right even if it's not popular, and he is, finally, as everyone has said, a good and decent man. i thank in particular senator mccain for his very compelling and telling comment during our consideration before the vote in the armed services committee. he said -- and i agree -- no one should impugn chuck hagel's character. he's a person of integrity and character. and i believe that he will have the respect at all levels of our defense, men and women who serve and sacrifice every day, men and
, love machine today, joins us. see you there. story on a international figure. he sprinted to fame doing what no one thought was possible. now the olympic star known as the "blade runner", who won the hearts and minds of the world by just competing on the world stage, a man born without legs has been charged with the murder of his model girlfriend. a breaking story that is unfolding by the hour. good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer if you're just waking up. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: good morning everybody. i'm martha maccallum. what a story this is. oscar pistorius has been released from police custody after his girlfriend was shot to in his mansion. that happened in early morning hours. bill: it may have been a case of valentine's day surprise gone wrong inside his home. after police conducted an initial investigation inside his mansion he was officially charged. elizabeth prann is working through details now. she is live in our new york newsroom. good morning to you, elizabeth. what do we know so far? >> reporter: good morn the we know police arrested the olympic sta
and especially the children that have join us today. i greatly appreciate leader pelosi gathering us here. i want to thank her and again my colleagues and everyone who's here for their leadership on this issue. you know, the responsibilities and certainties of life affect all of us. and the family and medical leave act is there to catch us when responsibilities and uncertainties of life really get in the way, as we say, with the things that we always want to do. well, the family and medical leave act has always been there, has also been there for our brave service men and women. in 2007 the national defense authorization act amenled the family medical leave act to allow eligible employees up to 12 bjork weeks of job-protected leave for a need arising out of active duty or calls to active duty status of a spouse, a son, a daughter or a parent. in 2009 congress added coverage for military caregiver leave for a qualified family member of certain veterans with a serious injury or illness. we know that recovering from their wounds, so many service members have expressed to me their gratitude of having
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